Sunday, August 30, 2015

Balloons and your opinion...and a Hero Arts Giveaway!

Hello and welcome!

I've gotten several new products in but not much time to play with them! And since I'm leaving to head south for two weeks on Wednesday, it probably won't be until I get back before I can dig into the card making goodies!

If you've followed me on Pinterest you'd see that I have a board entirely made up of balloons on cards! I love seeing balloons on cards and especially one layer cards! So I tried my hand at it on this and one other card! I love the look of sponging two distress inks together too so I went with that technique for this one layer card. I know I have a lot to learn about sponging and blending! 

I used my new MFT (My Favorite Things) die-namics "Party Balloons" dies to die cut the balloons from sticky notes. That way I had both stencil (negative) and mask (positive) pieces to help me separate and cover each balloon to color. I used Ranger distress inks (two for each balloon) and layered the balloons at the top of the card through the negative sticky note. Then I was able to mask the finished balloon to add one right next to it. The mask on the purple balloon was over a little too far so I had a whitish shadow onto the blue balloon but I think it gives it more dimension. The red balloon is seen through the yellow balloon, but again I think it makes the yellow balloon look transparent! Happy little accidents! 

After getting the balloons onto the card I used the Hero Arts "Happy Birthday" stamp inked in Kaleidacolor Calypso ink for some more added color. I masked off the sentiment and used the new-to-me My Favorite Things stamp set "Heart Balloons" for the strings and my MISTI to stamp the strings in onyx black Versafine ink.  I especially love the heart string! 

Now to your opinion! I stopped there... which is the top photo. But it didn't quite looked finished to me. I wanted the balloons to have sparkle or shimmer or something! So I got out my Winnie & Walter Scenery: Big Bang Confetti stamp set to add the open circle confetti inked with the same ink as the sentiment! I think this finished it nicely and it's still one layer! I also sprayed Perfect Pearls mist over the balloons and the ink reacted with the water to give some splotchiness and shimmer to the balloons. Which card do you like better? The clean and simpler with no confetti or the one with confetti? I'm curious as to your opinion!


Now onto the giveaway! I'll be gone for two weeks down to Illinois then California! So this giveaway will run from today until September 15th when I return home. I'll choose a winner on September 16th! This is a Hero Arts "Real Leaves" stamp set and just in time for those fall cards and crafts!

How do you enter? For each of these things you do, you will receive an entry into the giveaway when you leave a blog comment telling me you've done each one! That's SEVEN comments on this post per person that you can do to enter. (If you do one comment for all seven then you only get one entry!) I will count all the blog comments and enter that number into to choose a winner!

1. Comment on this blog post
2. Become a blog follower (or let me know you already follow)
3. Follow my Instagram account - Alaska.Kris (or let me know you already follow)
4. Like or comment on my giveaway post on Instagram
5. Like & follow my Facebook page for this blog: Alaska Forget Me Not Designs (or let me know you already follow)
6. Share my giveaway on your Facebook page. (enter the Facebook link here in a comment)
7. Follow my Pinterest board(s) (or let me know you already follow)

That's seven entries per person! You don't have to do all of them but it does give you more chances to win this lovely leaf set!

I'll try to post the other balloon card I made this way next Sunday... and to remind you to enter the giveaway!

Thanks and God bless your day...
Stamps: Hero Arts "Happy Birthday", My Favorite Things "Heart Balloons"
Ink: Ranger distress ink, Kaleidacolor Calypso, Versafine
Paper: Gina K Designs heavy weight 120 lb
Dies: My Favorite Things "Party Balloons"
Tools/Misc.: MISTI, Perfect Pearls
Addicted to Stamps Challenge: #159 Clean & Simple 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Seize the Birthday: All About Weather (no topping for me!)
Winnie & Walter: Join in & Win (confetti)
Inkspirational Challenge: #90 Clean & Simple


  1. I plan on CASing this card tomorrow since it's too late tonight to start a project. Hopefully I'll be able to follow your directions with the same success you had. Balloons are so happy and so is this card, Kris. Have a safe trip!!

  2. I already follow your Blog....knowing you live so close to where I used to live drew me to you. :-)

  3. !I definitely follow your Instagram and always enjoy your AK posts...moose and all

  4. I have already liked and commented on your IG giveaway post.

  5. I started following you on Pinterest earlier tonight. You had me at balloons!

  6. I already follow you on Facebook and liked your balloon post too. Not sure how to share your giveaway on my FB page but I'm willing to try and figure it out. (I don't really use my FB page for anything other than following some card making/scrapbooking folks. Drives my "regular" friends crazy!!! Hahahaha

  7. I think I actually figured out how to share...only because FB made it pretty simple. Here's the link....(I think)!
    Have a safe trip to the Lower 48!!

  8. more comment....these Hero Arts leaves are beautiful and would be a perfect addition to my collection...fall is my favorite time of year. I even got married in the fall, almost 32 years ago.

  9. I can understand you completely with very often be at this magic moment, when the CAS card would be ready, but we would want to add something. In your case I do like the confetti, but I like the plain version better, since it brings out your striking balloon colouring so nicely. Thank you for your participation with ATSM. Creative regards from stempelfrida

  10. Both cards r fantastic Kris love the colors. If I had to pick just one it would be the one with the confetti.. Wishing you a very Fun and Safe trip..:)

  11. I love your card and those big colorful balloons. I think the confetti was the right choice. It adds so much detail to the card. Thanks so much for joining us at Seize the Birthday.

  12. super sweet balloon card, the colors are gorgeous! so glad you played along with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

    sparkle & shine *~*

  13. I think on this style of card I like the confetti! Super job though! Thanks for playing along at Seize the Birthday, we sure do appreciate it!

  14. Such a fun card! I love the cheerful colors. Thanks for joining us at Inspirational!


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